April 26, 2024 | Foreign Podicy

The Road From Riyadh to Jerusalem

April 26, 2024 Foreign Podicy

The Road From Riyadh to Jerusalem



Ali Khamenei, Iran’s longtime ruler, saw the possibility of normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia as a threat to his hegemonic ambitions. On Oct. 7, Hamas, one of Tehran’s proxies, invaded Israel and committed multiple acts of barbarism. That sparked a war and froze prospects for a new Saudi-Israeli relationship.

However, The Wall Street Journal reports that Washington is pushing for a “long-shot diplomatic deal” – one in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would “accept a new commitment to Palestinian statehood” in exchange for diplomatic recognition of Israel by Saudi Arabia.

What else would have to be in such a deal? Can it happen while the war in Gaza is ongoing? Do the Saudis secretly want Israel to enter Rafah and finish off Hamas?

To discuss the current state of diplomatic and kinetic play, host Cliff May is joined by Mark Dubowitz, FDD’s Chief Executive; and Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and a leading expert on Saudi Arabia.


Gulf States Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran-backed Terrorism Israel Israel at War Military and Political Power Palestinian Politics U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy